Big Data News – 25 Aug 2016

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Data is everywhere. All businesses have access to it. Yet, turning data into actionable insights and becoming a data-driven business can be difficult to achieve.What does data-driven mean?

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Some years ago, I was asked to do a presentation for a Nordic Telecom company. The company had grown rapidly through acquisitions around Europe and so had lots of different systems and silos of analytics tools throughout the company.

Is the ongoing quest for agility in the data center forcing you to evaluate how to be a part of infrastructure automation efforts? As organizations evolve toward bimodal IT operations, they are embracing new service delivery models and leveraging virtualization to increase infrastructure agility. Therefore, the network must evolve in parallel to become equally agile. Read this essential piece of Gartner research for recommendations on achieving greater agility.

Over the next five years, IT professionals keen on managing a fire hose of data should keep their eyes on these growth drivers for big data management.

Francois Ajenstat, VP of Product Development at Tableau Software, observes that across industries, data has been touted as the "oil of the 21st century" and airlines are no exception.

Don Jones, Director of IT Operations at Pluralsight, weighs the pros and cons of AWS and Azure and informs readers how to make the best decision for their business.

Skyhigh announced today that it has received a patent for its technology, which moves that encryption gateway into a hosted environment. Enterprises looking to protect sensitive data stored in cloud services can funnel user traffic through on-premises encryption gateways that allow them to keep control of their encryption keys.

The power of Customer Experience and growing competition are driving companies to take a more scientific approach to building customer loyalty.

Dexter, the bot platform incubated by Betaworks, announced last week that it had raised $2.3 million to accelerate its bot platform. Originally begun as a workflow automation platform, Dexter recently shifted its focus onto the bot market. Dexter's funding is the latest addition to a large series of venture capital funding events in the bot market. Despite the VC appetite for bot technology companies, the bot market might prove to be a tough environment for startups.

Four years ago, the New York Public Library began to move its web properties to the cloud. Today, the library system has all of its nearly 80 websites in the cloud, has shrunk the number of on-premise servers by 40% and is running those web properties 95% more cheaply.

Four years ago, the New York Public Library began to move its web properties to the cloud. Today, the library system has all of its approximately 80 web sites in the cloud. The library has shrunk the number of on-premise servers by 40% and is running those web properties 95% more cheaply than if it had bought the hardware and software to do it all by itself.

Data scientists aren't the only ones using business analysis tools these days. Line-of-business users are tapping the power of self-service analytics.

FIFO is the opposite of LIFO.

I cannot believe we are less than one week out for Hadoop Summit Melbourne! Following on from our first guest blog from Rikki-Lee Brandon, she's been kind enough to pull together as list of her top restaurant and bar spots in the City. If you visit any of these recommendations during Hadoop Summit week, please… The post One week until Hadoop Summit Melbourne! Prepare to feel hungry after reading this… appeared first on Hortonworks.

The increasingly crowded NoSQL database market promises to give customers lots of storage options for next-gen and big data applications. That's one of the takeaways from the recent Forrester Wave for Big Data NoSQL solutions, which gave NoSQL database giant MongoDB top honors in a big pack. When Forrester analyzed the NoSQL market two years ago, it offered two separate waves, including one for key-value databases, led by MongoDB and MarkLogic, and another for document databases, led by MapR, Oracle, AWS, Aerospike, and Datastax. All told, fewer than 10 vendors made the cut.

University researchers are using machine learning along with signal and image processing tools in a military-funded effort to detect doctored images and video, then figuring out how they were manipulated. As groups like the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, increasingly turn to social media to recruit, the U.S. military is relying heavily on online images and video to monitor the activities of terror groups.

Company success starts with a stable, loyal qualified executive team, followed by a lack of complexity in the business model and the requisite focus.

This is part of a new series of articles: once or twice a month, we post previous articles that were very popular when first published. These articles are at least 6 month old but no more than 12 month old. The first digest in this series was posted here two weeks ago. Below is our second edition.

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Please join us at the upcoming Seattle AWS Big Data Meetup on Wednesday, August 31. The topic is "Building Smart Healthcare Apps on AWS," with a spotlight on machine learning. Join now and get details on the Meetup page Lisa McFerrin, PhD, Bioinformatics is a Project Manager for Seattle Translational Tumor Research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

For years, analytics specialist Teradata has been helping companies like Union Pacific Railroad make sense of sensor data and to integrate that data with its business processes.

For years, analytics specialist Teradata has been helping companies like Union Pacific Railroad make sense of sensor data and to integrate that data with its business processes. But that was just the tip of the iceberg.

For a majority of the workforce, mobile data accessibility is not a "nice-to-have."  It's a necessity.  This shouldn't come as a surprise, since IDC reports that over the next five years about 75% of the workforce will be mobile workers, equating to around 105.4 million people.  This makes the return on investment (ROI) on mobile…

In a revealing interview, analytics firm CFB Strategies explains how big data helped his company generate over $90 million in contributions, and what business can learn from fundraising tactics.

Small is beautiful, as the old saying goes, and nowhere is that more true than in media files. Compressed images are considerably easier to transmit and store than uncompressed ones are, and now Google is using neural networks to beat JPEG at the compression game.

by Anusua Trivedi, Microsoft Data Scientist This is a blog series in several parts — where I describe my experiences and go deep into the reasons behind my choices. In Part 1, I discussed the pros…

There are many ways that data integration can go wrong. Here are nine examples of those misses.

As its namesake did for mathematics, Euclid Analytics aims to deal with physical world analytics in a formal and systematic way. Here's a look at EA's latest product.

Baker Hughes CEO Martin Craighead says: "If a typical deep water well is like going to the moon, then the Gulf of Mexico ultra-deep water frontier is like going to Mars."* Safely performing these kinds of complex and high risk operations requires many people to collaborate, share information and make informed decisions quickly.  When… The post An Industrial IoT Offshore Drilling Solution Delivered in Less Than 90 Days appeared first on Hortonworks.

Infer Inc., a leading provider of predictive technologies that help companies win more customers, launched the industry's most advanced account behavior scoring offering.

The enterprise should still keep in mind that capacity is not the only consideration when planning for device-driven workloads.

The 19th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Digital Transformation, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity.

HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology leverages modern IT infrastructure and big-data analytics to power a pioneering research project incubator and genomic medicine innovator.

What is it? Our web application allows you to search for a specific degree by the modules and programming languages that are taught. It allows you to highlight the courses that you think look particularly interesting.

Recently, a number of resources for publicly available datasets have been announced. Kaggle becomes the the place for Open Data – I think this is big news! Kaggle just announced Kaggle Datasets which aims to be a repository for publicly available datasets.

The Tesla M10 GPU supports 64 desktops per board and 128 desktops per server. That lets IT scale NVIDIA GRID out easily as the number of users grows.

San Francisco's Chronicled announced that it has partnered with Ethereum to provide a registry for connected devices built on blockchain technology.

IDVector is designed so an individual end user can deploy on his own or it can be made available across an entire organization by the IT department.

You have a goal. You want to gain actionable insights from all of this data that you have been collecting. So, how do you make sure to model your data so that you can actually gain these insights and answer the business questions that you have? You plan. When the planning stage is skimped on or skipped altogether, the result is horrible. The performance and analysis suffers, data integrity and security issues ensue, and the overhead for maintenance and development balloon to unnecessary levels.

Algorithms, once obscure objects of technical art, have lately been subject to considerable popular and scholarly scrutiny. What does it mean to adopt the algorithm as an object of analytic attention? What is in view, and out of view, when we focus on the algorithm? Using Niklaus Wirth's 1975 formulation that "algorithms + data structures = programs" as a launching-off point, this paper examines how an algorithmic lens shapes the way in which we might inquire into contemporary digital culture.

Cloud computing is changing the demands on networks more quickly than ever. Now researchers say it's possible to program routers all the way down to their packet-forwarding chips in the quest to keep up. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and five other organizations have found a way to make data-center routers more programmable without making them slower.

Patient wellness and preventative care are increasingly becoming a concern for many patients, employers, and healthcare professionals. The federal government has increased spending for wellness alongside new l…

Learn about the new Apache Flume and Apache Kafka integration (aka, "Flafka") available in CDH 5.8 and its support for the new enterprise features in Kafka 0.9. Over a year ago, we wrote about the integration of Flume and Kafka (Flafka) for data ingest into Apache Hadoop. Since then, Flafka has proven to be quite popular among CDH users, and we believe that popularity is based on the fact that in Kafka deployments, The post New in Cloudera Enterprise 5.8: Flafka Improvements for Real-Time Data Ingest appeared first on Cloudera Engineering Blog.

Here's this week's news in Data Science and Big Data. Don't forget to subscribe if you find this useful! Interesting Data Science Articles and News This is What It Takes To Connect a Volcano to the Internet — Explorers, volcanologists, GE, and the Nicaraguan government have banded together to bring the Masaya volcano in Nicaragua into the 21st century, by installing sensors that can compile huge amounts of data.

Today's leading organizations are dealing with larger data sets, higher volume and disparate data sources, and the need for faster insights. Don't fall behind to your competitors — discover big data made simple as we make the case for advanced-scale computing. The post Advanced Scale Computing – Making the Case appeared first on Datanami.

News: Adam Selipsky will also be the president of Tableau while the current CEO and co-founder Christian Chabot will head the board of directors.

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